Conservatives found a reason to hate France again after John Kerry brought James Taylor -- who was made a Chevalier of Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 2010 for his "significant contribution to the enrichment of French culture" -- to a meeting with French officials.
The performance was met with a rousing applause by the dignitaries present, but in the United States, conservatives took to Twitter to mock it:
Republican President's show of support: "See that enemy of yours over there?" :BOOM: Democratic President's show of support: James Taylor.— Moe Lane (@Ogiel23) (@Moe Lane (@Ogiel23))1421414307.0
The U.S. should have James Taylor play after every terrorist atrocity— Allahpundit (@Allahpundit)1421414430.0
Only a wealthy, academic liberal would view having James Taylor sing a song as an appropriate response to terrorism against an ally.— Sunny McSunnyface (@Sunny McSunnyface)1421414401.0
After James Taylor, I'm really looking forward to them turning this failing presidency into a live-action musical. Let's put on a show!— Ben Shapiro (@Ben Shapiro)1421418352.0
I'm coming for you Al Queda, with James Taylor and my biker gang hombres #OnePercenter http://t.co/PhcS1J5AuF http://t.co/beMsCo7cud— Steve Cortes (@Steve Cortes)1421415574.0
Not all of the complaints came from conservative corners, however:
"Mr. President, we need to send a strong message in France. Obviously, I'll call James Taylor. But what's our next move?" -John Kerry prolly— jeremy scahill (@jeremy scahill)1421416673.0
Possibly a war crime > WATCH: John Kerry Brings James Taylor To Paris To Sing 'You've Got A Friend' @TPM http://t.co/4pvJBS6ViL— Josh Marshall (@Josh Marshall)1421425500.0
Prez should've run that James Taylor idea by Malia and Sasha. That's when eyerolls might have come in handy. Embarrassing Dad-rock moment.— Steve M. (@Steve M.)1421420658.0
@nancyayoussef Ten Singers Better Suited To Apologetic Diplomacy Than James Taylor (Just in case @NoahShachtman hasn't assigned that yet)— Spencer Ackerman (@Spencer Ackerman)1421427185.0
Watch James Taylor's performance below via YouTube.